VW Karmann Ghia + Chevelle SS + Ferrari 360 - Auction Action

By: Mark Higgins

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Recent auction highlights from around the world

1960 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia coupe

Sold: $45,000
Shannons Lot 168

While popular at the time finding a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia now isn’t easy. This metallic green example has been in the hands of a Sydney enthusiast for the past 20 years. It sports a set of Coker whitewall tyres, a refurbed interior, and the mechanicals enjoyed a once over with a replacement carby and a front disc brake conversion. Power is courtesy of a 1600cc engine carried out by Custom Bugs and Buses.

1972 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

Sold: $70,096


This Chevy Chevelle SS was originally a factory 454ci (W-code) big block car, but the owner must've thought it short of grunt so bunged in a 502ci. While it looks stock it ain't. Finished in menacing Phantom Black with Crystal Pearl stripes and a black interior. Drive to the rear is through an auto gearbox. It was engineered and registered with the big block conversion.

2004 Ferrari 360 Modena

Sold: $236,200
Collecting Cars


The aluminium-bodied Pininfarina-styled 360 is one of Ferrari’s best. It has a mid-mounted naturally aspirated 3.6-litre 294kW V8 with power sent to the rear wheels through a gated six-speed manual and limited-slip differential. Since new this Rosso Corsa 360 has travelled just 38,471 kms and it’s an Australian-delivered car. The vendor of the past 11 years sold it with a detailed maintenance history. What a stunner.

1990 HSV VN Commodore Group A SS

Sold: $126,000
Shannons Lot 231


Another original and unrestored car to go under the hammer this month was this VN Group A SS (build 166). A two-owner car with history, it was found by the vendor in this magazine in 2012. It has always been garaged and maintained in good running order; it now shows 102,947 kms on the clock. There are a few stone chips and a bit of paint shrinkage around the bonnet scoop minor kerb rash on the wheels. A great get for an HSV collector.


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Mercedes W116 1974-1980


The W116 series S-class Benz was the brand flagship and offered with a 2.8lt six, and three V8s of 3.5lt, 4.5lt and 6.9lt capacity. Rock solid and reliable as a hammer, the S-class was available in a standard or long wheelbase. These masterpieces were ahead of their time in innovation, safety with unsurpassed quality. Prices appear to have stopped declining and are on the up. Good examples of the V8s are pulling good bucks, especially the 6.9. There are specialists who know old Benzes inside and out so seek their advice. Corrosion more than mechanical wear is the main issue. You’ll struggle to find a better driving limo from the 70s.


From Unique Cars #473, Dec 2022


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